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Indigenous People’s Month

Indigenous People’s Month

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Picture this: you and your friends plan a bouldering trip to Joshua Tree and are eager to explore all the areas you have yet to visit. It is easy to forget that public lands were created through dispossession of millions of Indigenous people. As a reminder, we are on stolen land.

Joshua Tree National Park is an otherworldly desert destination that climbers, hikers, and sight-seers come to set eyes on its beautiful boulders, landscape, and "spiky" trees. Since time immemorial, the Oasis of Mara (known as present-day Joshua Tree National Park) sustained Native American tribes including Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, Serrano people, as well as the ancient Pinto culture.  

As Indigenous People's month is celebrated throughout the states we thought we'd take the time to realign our connection to the land from one of dominance to one of reciprocity. When we hike, climb, or backpack let us be intentional in how we do so.

Steps to take before/during your climbing trip:

 While you're on your climbing/hiking trip there are ways you can ensure you are being mindful of Indigenous culture, practices, and land. (This is by no means a comprehensive list and doing specific research on your local crags/areas is highly recommended before recreating outdoors.)

1Is the area/crag sacred to Indigenous communities? If so, reach out to Indigenous leaders and/or conservation professionals who are aware of whether or not sharing specific geographic areas will negatively impact the area.
👉WHY? Many of these areas do not have proper protection in place to handle a large amount of visitors.

2Honor spaces that are specifically closed for Indigenous purposes. If you peruse through your Joshua Tree Bouldering Book or Black Mountain Bouldering book you'll find that there are crag areas that are completely closed to climbing/hiking. Respect these closures.

Timeline of closure

3. Understand that cultural sites/formations/structures are still used in traditional ceremonial practices todayAvoid touching or damaging rock art.

4. Stay on marked trails.

5. First Ascents and exploration are NOT more important than cultural resources.

6. Understand that Indigenous communities exist in the present-day in various outdoor/urban areas.

8Take time to understand Indigenous communities that are currently and have previously resided in that area.

Source: @indigenousfieldguide. You can sign their pledge here.

How to support Indigenous communities this month and every month:

1. Do your research before going outdoors: an awesome all-around resource is the organization @indigenousfieldguide they provide public education on accessing the outdoors through an Indigenous lens.

2. Connect with a land advisor: connect with Indigenous guides and advisors to help you navigate how to ethically recreate outdoors.

3. Support Indigenous Brands/organizations: @nativesoutdoors, @indigenouswomxnart, @indigenousfieldguide @queernature @indigenouswomenhike @wildernesssociety

4. Educate yourself. Here are some starting points: Which Indigenous lands are you on?Books written by Indigenous authorsNative American Art in Joshua TreeOrganization that is dedicated to conserving land in Twenty-Nine Palms,

'As Long As Grass Grows' by Dina Gilo-Whitaker

Join us for Monday Night Meetup Nov 21st:

To show our support we will be hosting a raffle at Monday Night Meetup on November 21st in support of Native Women's Wilderness Fundraiser. For every dollar donated by Sender One members, they'll be entered to win an Edelrid Boa Eco 9.8mm 60m rope! You can participate at any of the Sender One locations. 

Where to find more information about the organization: 

Where to donate to Native Women's Wilderness: 

Sign up for the event @ SNA here, LAX here, or Playa Vista here!

Take home:

When we advocate for public lands let us also advocate for the Native people who still feel the impact of 1492. People and land are inherently valuable and non-exploitable. When we evaluate our impact on the land and Indigenous communities we acknowledge that earth is not a commodity but a partner to us that we need to respect and give as much as we take.

Sender One Westwood Update

Sender One Westwood Update

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An update on the Sender One Westwood bouldering gym

We’re excited to announce that after 2 years of delays from COVID and city permitting, construction on our Westwood bouldering gym is finally underway. Just as UCLA students are returning to campus this fall, we’re making progress on turning the Mann Festival Theatre, which closed back in 2009, into a beautiful climbing gym. 

Sender One Westwood will feature 10,000 square feet of climbing, yoga, and fitness. This space will even include an upstairs mezzanine dedicated to climbing-specific training, including equipment like adjustable training boards.  

Progress in building up this gym is especially meaningful, as our CEO and co-founder Alice Kao (UCLA ‘01) fondly remembers watching movies at the Mann Festival Theatre during her time as a student. With these nostalgic memories, her excitement for the new gym opening is mixed with some sadness in seeing the historic theatre go. 

We are so proud and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of the growth of Westwood Village while building up the future of rock climbing as a community and as a sport. Follow along for more updates via our website and social media platforms. For more information and Sender One Westwood, visit this article from the UCLA newsroom and this blog post!

Sender One Westwood at Night

Mini update on new Sender One locations… 

In other news, Sender One Lakewood is about to go into permitting! We hope to start raising the roof early next year with an expected opening in late 2023. In the meantime, Sender One Huntington Beach is still slated to open in 2024. Thank you for being a part of our community and growing with us! 

National Yoga Month 2022

National Yoga Month 2022

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Join Sender One in celebrating National Yoga Month!

Yoga originated thousands of years ago and has grown to be widely practiced all over the world. In 2008, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (N.C.C.I.H.) designated September as National Yoga Awareness month to highlight the many physical and mental benefits of yoga. From increased flexibility to stress relief to improved heart health, yoga's benefits are too many to count!

Yoga is also for everyone! Many types of yoga are practiced today and are available here at Sender One. Whether you're into a low-key Yin class, or balancing a friend on your feet in Acro Yoga, there's a yoga offering that fits your speed.

To celebrate the joys and benefits of yoga, we are excited to announce this year's National Yoga Month Challenge! Throughout this month, take as many Sender One yoga and fitness classes as you can for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

To start, you'll earn a free guest pass for every 5 classes you take! Take ten? Two passes!

For our top yogis, the prizes get even cooler:

First place winners at SNA and LAX will receive a 1 month free membership and mug. Second place winners will receive a Manduka mat and mug. Third through fifth place winners will each receive a Sender One mug.

September's truly the month to discover what a new yoga routine could do for your life. See you in the yoga studio soon!



Check out some of our yoga and fitness offerings!

Stretch for Climbers

Sender One SNA | Wednesdays | 7:15PM - 8PM - Sign up here!

Sender One LAX | Tuesdays | 6PM - 7PM - Sign up here!

Mobility is one of the keys to peak climbing performance, and stretching can aid in recovery and injury prevention for climbers of all levels. Whether you’re trying to climb your hardest or just take good care of your body, this class is for you.

Aerials at Sender One SNA!

Looking for a challenge? Aerial acrobatics is a great complement to your climbing practice, helping to develop grip, upper-body strength, endurance, and flexibility.

These classes are capable of providing anyone with a perfectly-suited aerial experience, whether you are new or a seasoned aerialist wanting to develop your movement vocabulary.

For more information and to sign up, click here!

Global Climbing Day 2022

Global Climbing Day 2022

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As many climbers will tell you, rock climbing is not just a sport - it is also a lifestyle that places a strong emphasis on community-building and inclusivity. To celebrate the diverse individuals who make up the climbing community, The North Face has partnered with dozens of gyms all over the world, including Sender One, to host Global Climbing Day on 8/20/22. Each of our gym locations will be celebrating Global Climbing Day with $18 guest passes and unlimited guest passes for members. 

Global Climbing Day is part of a broader, longer-term campaign by The North Face called "Walls Are Meant for Climbing." In spite of the negative connotations of "walls" today, this campaign reframes walls as a means of creating connection and collaboration, rather than a means of division. As rock climbing continues to expand in terms of accessibility and diversity, Global Climbing Day is an opportunity to bring together all kinds of climbers, regardless of experience level, or any other factors. 

We're excited to climb with you!

For more events related to Global Climbing Day...

Global Climbing Day Sufferfest (SNA)

Sender One SNA | Saturday, August 20th | 10AM - 4PM

As part of our Global Climbing Day celebration, join us at SNA for this stamina and endurance-based rope climbing challenge! Teams of two will climb together and compete for a 1-month membership and rope for each teammate. 

For more information and to sign up, click here!

Keep Climbing Climb Initiative

At Sender One, our purpose is to discover ourselves and connect with others through climbing. Our commitment to justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity is not limited to Global Climbing Day. Instead, we seek to constantly embody these ideas. 

To join us in representing and upholding these values, sign the Keep Climbing Pledge here! We believe through small acts in the collectiveness of the community that big changes are able to occur.

Regarding Roe v. Wade, from our CEO

Regarding Roe v. Wade, from our CEO

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Dear Sender One Community,


When I look at what Sender One has become over the last few years, I am extremely proud of how many women I see in positions of leadership.  While I may be the most visible and most vocal, anyone that comes to a Sender One will see shift leads, supervisors, routesetters, and gym managers... all women.

Among our senior leadership, we have more women than men.  I am proud of the fact that we created a place that supported these women.  We gave them the financial and professional support that allowed them to start families, take as much time as they needed to be with their children, and then return to work.  This has been a challenge to our business, but our core values wouldn't let us do anything less.

This would not have been possible without the foundational right of reproductive freedom.  We are shocked by the recent decision by SCOTUS to eliminate this right for millions of women across the US.  At the same time, we feel extremely lucky and fortunate that we are a California-based company where a woman's fundamental right to choose is not only protected and safeguarded, but is being expanded to benefit those not as lucky as we are to live in California.

We will continue to do what we are able to support the women in our community.  While we cannot change this decision alone, we can and will stand in solidarity with efforts to reinstate our rights, and to make climbing an inclusive sport which respects the self-determination of every climber.


With love and gratitude,

Alice Kao

Pride Tank 2022

Pride Tank 2022

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The Shoes!

On this year's Pride merch, you'll see a lot of colorful climbing shoes. Many folks will recognize the rainbow ones right off, but some of the others might just seem like colorful options.

Well, what if we told you each one of those little shoes was chosen to represent a different pride flag? That's right, the shoes mean things!

This year, we wanted to celebrate the many identities within the LGBTQIA+ community with our design. All of these individual flags rejoin the six-color rainbow flag of yore, reflecting the integrity and necessity of each in the broader movement while simultaneously celebrating the uniqueness of each identity.

Wow, that got art school! Let's talk about a few of the flags on the tank that also show up in our mini sticker collection!

Asexual Pride Flag

Hey, it's the A from the acronym!

Often colloquially referred as the "Ace" community, Asexual people are often subject to a lot of misunderstanding from non-Ace people. The identity is wide, and being Ace doesn't imply a lack of love or romance in life.

Bisexual Pride Flag

Here's the B!

Bisexual folks might fall for men or women, regardless of their own gender. Many may also identify as Pansexual (also on the tank!), a distinct but related identity describing people who fall for others without regard to binary gender.

Lesbian Pride Flag

We know you didn't see it coming but. . . It's the L!

Lesbians are women who love other women. As a community, they often struggle against a particular mix of anti-gay discrimination and patriarchal norms in society. Lesbian leaders have been at the forefront of the LGBTQIA+ struggle, and modern scholars have begun showing their rich contributions to history in all domains.

Non-binary Pride Flag

No alphabet this time! If you've ever heard the word "enby" and wondered what that is, it's Non-binary! Non-binary folks' gender doesn't typically conform to "man" or "woman," and how this is expressed is extremely diverse. Non-binary people may use gender-neutral pronouns, and may seek forms of "androgyny," but may also do neither.

Trans Pride Flag

T time!

This may sound familiar, but Transgender is a wide term. It can include non-binary people, people whose identity transitions across the "binary" of men and women, or folks who identify as a third gender. Trans folks have been at the vanguard of the LGBTQIA+ rights struggle since its inception, taking great risks to tend to and fight for their communities in the face of rampant prejudice.

All the Rest!

Panromantic or Pansexual? You might notice your flags on the tank too! There's a lot more we haven't even discussed. But even this tank couldn't hold every flag from the LGBTQIA+ community.

Those outside the community might wonder: why so many flags? Well, there are many flags because there are many ways that orientation, gender, and relationships overlap. Even while facing discrimination, the LGBTQIA+ community has developed a rich language for discussing these experiences. If you're just starting out on learning what a lot of this even means, well congrats! You're learning! Be open minded, kind, and willing to learn and you'll find many people happy to share about themselves.

Happy Pride

Pride is a time of celebration, and also a time to reflect on how we as a community can support each other. We want to celebrate each and every identity, whether its on the tank or not, and to hear the needs of that community. While some aspects of society have become better for LGBTQIA+ people, many struggles remain.

As we're celebrating this year, let's all remember also to care for each other and build community. Take some time to learn about LGBTQIA+ history and voices at the LA Library, or attend a pride march in celebration or solidarity. Learn from your fellow LGBTQIA+ community members how you can support their struggles.

Take some time for joy too, and hey. . . maybe even check out the many Pride events at Sender One!

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